Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 21, 2015

March 21, 2015 “Can’t Act, Slightly Bald, Dances A Little”

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15: 8-10)

Good Morning My Friends!

I am somewhat of a movie buff…the older pictures as well as the newer releases. I enjoy, for example, those great Hollywood musicals featuring stars like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Now they had elegance and style. I recall that early on in his career, Astaire had done a screen test for some upcoming film. One of the critics that attended the screen test panned his performance quite succinctly. His assessment of the skills of this master of the dance floor was simply this: “Can’t act, slightly bald, also dances.” No one remembers the name of this “renown” critic, while millions over the decades have been enthralled by this talented individual, even to this day, some twenty-eight years since his passing. I have no doubt that generations to follow will still be singing his praises or seeking to emulate his style and class.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” This was most certainly the case regarding Fred Astaire and his erstwhile critic. It was also the case regarding Paul by those of the early church, and by Paul himself, for that matter. As the Church was in its genesis, Paul made it his mission to do what he could to stamp out this growing “sect.” He sought to have the people of “The Way”, as they were known then, imprisoned and even executed for proclaiming what seemed to him at the time to be the acme of heresy. All of that changed when he encountered Christ on the road to Damascus, where he was headed to imprison even more Christians. Surely God must have been mistaken to select such a one as Saul (as he was then known), to carry the message of salvation not only to those of his own faith, but to the Gentiles as well. Surely there could be no one quite so ill-fitted for this task than this firebrand who was at enmity with what he would later identify as “the word of the Cross.” But it was he, indeed, whom God had chosen, and it was he who led the Church of Jesus Christ beyond the borders of Judaism to the furthest corners of the known world.  Pastor/teacher/author Chuck Swindoll said,

“God uses those who seem ill-fitted for a significant life.”

This quite possibly could be the way you have viewed your own life. Perhaps you see yourself as being ill-fitted for greatness or for making a great difference in the life of another. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ…if you are one of his disciples…then you have been equipped for greatness. He has given you great spiritual gifts to be used for his glory. How do I know this? Scripture, God’s Holy Word, declares it to be so. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” This means that you have been equipped by God himself to lead a life of significance and greatness. If you have not already done so, discover that gift God has given you and use it for his glory. Don’t listen to those voices of nagging negativity. Live for Christ, for you are fashioned for greatness. Let’s pray!

Great God; May my life glorify you in every way. Use me as you would, for your purposes. I serve at Your pleasure gladly, and make my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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